In today’s world we face more stress and social expectations than ever before. Between being successful in our work, present for our family, managing our social lives, and maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle, it can be hard to conserve our mental health. We end up spending so much energy trying to control every other aspect of our lives we end up with little leftover for ourselves. Our mental health is important on its own, but it also affects our physical health.
Anxiety can cause severe fatigue, digestion issues, restless sleep, as well as many other physical symptoms. Anxiety can be a hard beast to tame, and it is always best to consult a professional about mental health issue, but there are some supportive things you can do to help address anxiety, like using essential oils.
Essential oils are concentrated extracts from various parts of plants, such as the flower or fruits, and have been used for centuries to promote health and wellness. These oils are most commonly used in perfume, medicine, and aromatherapy. There are several essential oils that have specific benefits in decreasing stress and anxiety. Incorporating these oils into your daily life can do wonders for your mental and physical health.
Here are some of the best oils for providing a sense of relief from feelings of anxiety:
1 | Lavender
Lavender is one of the most commonly used essential oils. It has several benefits, such as soothing your mind, promoting restful sleep, relieving stress, and easing anxiety through the regulation of neurotransmitters. Studies have shown that lavender has similar effects as some anti-anxiety medication. It is perfect to keep with you and use as aromatherapy when you are feeling anxious, or utilizing its benefits in a diffuser at night when you sleep.
2 | Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus oil also has an impact on the nervous system and has been said to have a neurophysiological impact on depression, stress, and anxiety. Eucalyptus may also help to balance fatigue and provide temporary relief from occasional tension headaches.
3 | Wild Orange
Wild Orange and other citrus oils like lemon are refreshing and have pleasant scents. These oils can support energy production, lift your mood, and promote productivity. Wild orange has also been said to ease feelings of panic, anxiety, and may provide support for nervous system disorders.
4 | Rosemary
Rosemary is another common multi-purpose essential oil used for several things, such as clarity, learning and memory, as well as easing feelings of anxiety before stressful events such as test-taking or work meetings, etc.
While there are many essential oils than have been shown to prevent stress, anxiety, and balance your mood, these are some of the most commonly used. Oils can be massaged into the skin, used as aromatherapy, or even ingested if the product is marked for this purpose; never use essential oils other than directed by the manufacturer or your primary care physician. While nothing can replace a visit to your doctor if you are experiencing severe anxiety, essential oils are considered, and a healthy way to ease feelings of anxiety so you’ll spend less time and energy focusing on less important things and refocus energy on your life.